Heritage Trails from the Idrijca to the Kolpa
Heritage Tours from the Idrijca to the Kolpa
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Kostel Castle Nežica waterfall  
address Kostel Castle, 1336 Vas
telephone 01 894 80 06
gsm 041 754 094
fax 01 894 80 07
e-mail obcina.kostel@siol.net
location Kostel
season year round; the castle is currently being renovated but the site remains open to visitors
visiting hours in season: Monday-Friday: 10-15/15-18; Saturday-Sunday: 10-18; other days by prior arrangement
group reservations yes
reservations contact Tina Južnič
length of tour guided tour: 1 hour
entrance fee only for guided tour
local guide yes
maximum number of participants: 50
length of tour: 1 hour
souvenirs, shopping TP "Pod gradom"
restaurants Zdravič Tourist Farm
Gostilna pri grofu
picnic area yes
excursion possibilities Nežica Waterfall, karst caves, blacksmith’s workshop, hiking trails, small churches
special features exceptional view of the Kolpa River canyon
bus parking yes
parking for automobiles yes


The castle complex is the second largest in Slovenia and includes the castle and the settlement below it as well as the Gothic Church of Sveti trije kralji ("Holy Three Kings"). An interesting feature of the castle is that the renovated architectural elements such as the southeast and southwest towers, entrance portal, stone window frames, vaults, crenels, and so forth are from various construction phases and historical periods. A wonderful view of the Kolpa River canyon spreads from the castle.
address Turistično športno društvo Kostel, Hrib 6, 1336 Vas
telephone 01 894 21 75, 01 894 22 90
gsm 041 549 938, 040 516 660
fax 01 894 21 75
e-mail natasa.letig@hotmail.com
location Kostel
season best time to visit is from spring to fall
visiting hours April-October, by prior arrangement
group reservations yes
reservations contact Stanko Nikolič, Mojca Zdravič (tel.: 01 893 03 60)
length of tour 1-6 hours
entrance fee from 100 to 600 SIT per person, foreign languages + 40%
local guide yes
number of participants: up to 50
languages: Slo, Eng, Ger, Cro
restaurants Gostilna Pri grofu, tel.: 01 894 05 31 (Kaptol)
Okrepčevalnica kamp Žaga, tel.: 01 894 22 91 (overnight accommodation possible)
picnic area yes
excursion possibilities Kočevje region, Bela krajina, Croatia
special features tour of points of interest, local handicrafts and applied arts: knitting, basket weaving, crocheting, bobbin lace making, embroidery, pottery, carving
souvenirs, shopping souvenirs, information material
bus parking yes
parking for automobiles yes
access for invalids partial visit possible
In the region of the Kostel Tourism and Sport Association, there are numerous natural sites (Nežica Waterfall, the Kuželjsko window, remains of dams on the Kolpa, . . . ), cultural sites (Kostel Castle, gallows site, old mills, . . . ), and possibilities for recreation. The Association has marked three hiking trails, and its members also organize guided tours of the region and local domestic handicraft activities (hand knitting from local wool, crocheting, bobbin lace making, manufacturing ceramics, pottery).